From the imaginary to the exotic
Animals abound in this week’s Glen Ellen news, from the imaginary to the exotic, and everything in between. Let’s start with the most obvious.
Egg-laying rabbit at Dunbar School
Yes, the Easter Bunny and his cohorts from the Glen Ellen Volunteer Fire Department top the news today. Our annual Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for this coming Saturday morning, 10 a.m. sharp, at Dunbar School. If I listened correctly to Edmund Joseph, incident commander for this event, Glen Ellen’s Easter Egg Hunt is a 45-year tradition here in our town. I haven’t been around quite that long, but I have to admit our two boys loved these wild, crazy and quick hunts back in the day. For them, the old fire truck was as much a draw as the colored eggs. Who in Glen Ellen doesn’t treasure snapshots of their kids on that truck?
In the 1970s and ’80s when our kids were young, we didn’t have those snazzy chocolate fire trucks redeemed for every golden egg discovered. But then, we didn’t have Betty Kelly and her daughter Caroline’s delightfully delicious Wine Country Chocolates, either. Oh my, Glen Ellen has grown up, sporting more gourmet temptations than most other towns its size.
As for Edmund, apparently he’s been at this for the past 17 years, and is still enthusiastic. However, as far as I know, he has not served in the role of Easter Bunny in quite some years. Nor will he reveal to me who the lucky firefighter is.
120 dozen, do the math or dye
Edmund is also the fellow who starts it all rolling with egg dying at the Glen Ellen Firehouse, 13445 Arnold Dr., on the Friday before the Saturday hunt. He’s had lots of practice at this task. His youngest daughter, Ruby, still helps, then there’s his daughters, Jessy and Jennifer, along with his three lovely stepdaughters, Ellie, Jesse and Brianna. Edmund’s wife, Theresa, usually pitches in, too. This fellow surely knows all the rainbow pastel colors of Easter egg dyeing.
Older children and teens are welcome to help dye eggs beginning around 1 p.m., Friday, April 18. Then, on Saturday morning, at precisely 10 a.m., the hunt begins. All children are welcome, and it’s always a wild free-for-all, yet ever in our civilized Glen Ellen style. Yes, older kids help younger kids, nobody steals eggs, and everybody is happy. Be sure to bring your own fancy Easter basket, or at least a sturdy sack, to hold your bounty.
Our community has the ever-generous folks at the Glen Ellen Village Market to thank for providing the 120-dozen eggs. Our grateful thanks to Sherry and Don Shone and Dale Downing … not just for this event, but for all the wonderful charities they support in our Valley.
Dunbar art show at egg hunt
Meanwhile, arriving early at the Easter Egg Hunt is surely a good tactic. That means you’ll also get to visit the Art Show with work from the students of Norma Yukich’s K-2 class. The art instruction and coaching for these young students was done by former Dunbar students, Alixya Soto-Pomeroy and Isabella Valdez. The two older girls did this as their senior project. The art show will be under the solar panels with donations to the Special Ed program accepted. Following the egg hunt, Dunbar School celebrates its garden, so stick around enjoying the splendor of the most beautiful campus in the Valley.